Find the Right Suit for Your Body Type

An expensive suit can look awful if it is on the wrong body type. By contrast, a very affordable suit can look really sharp with a nice fit for the right body type. Finding the right suit for your body type can give your body shape a boost without even setting foot in the gym. So, if you don‘t have the budget to go tailored, make sure you find the right suit for your body type.



Shorter men need to find a two-buttoned jacket with no break in the trousers, so they fall onto the top of the shoes. Shorter trousers with a bigger break will only make you appear shorter. A short cut on the jacket will elongate your legs, and pinstripe also creates the illusion of height. You need to create the illusion of one elongated colour and shape.

Don’t break the illusion with belts. To give your arms more length, wear your shirt sleeves slightly lower than your jacket so there is some cuff exposed.


Unlike the shorter man, the taller man will want something to break up the fabric. A belt and a clean break on the shoes will help break the space up, so will a pocket square. A chequered or houndstooth pattern will divert the eye sideways rather than up and down like pinstripes, so embrace the patterns and avoid the pinstripes.  


If you have a stocky torso, go for pinstripe as well. They draw the eye vertically instead of horizontally and draw attention to your height rather than your width. You also want a jacket, which is nipped in at the waist. This give the illusion of a narrow waist, even if you don’t have one. You can also create this illusion with slanted pockets at the waist.


If you’ve been hitting the weights and have carved yourself out with a V-shaped torso, you are the tailor’s dream. You are the perfect clothes horse, so you may as well get the perfect suit to complement it. You already have the form, so a natural fit along the shoulders without the padding will streamline your frame.

Similarly, you don’t need to taper in the trousers too much, or you will look too top heavy. Suit designers often believe that if you have a big chest, you will also have a big waist. You may be forced to buy your jacket and trousers separately for the best fit.


Slimmer people can wear patterns much better than broader men, so embrace the checkered designs. Standard lapels will add some bulk to your frame, as will a double-breasted fit. You can also pull off heavier materials much better than larger gentlemen, wool and tweed can be in your arsenal.

Wear even the cheapest suit and look like Conor McGregor by finding the right suit for your body frame. Once you’ve found the right suit, you’ll be looking for formal occasions to show it off.


Anthony Hill

When you put together the sum total of my 30 years of bodybuilding training, the contests, the vast array of diets I have experimented (tortured) myself with as well as the experiences I have been through with various training partners in the gyms I have trained in all over the world, it’s been a great ride and I wouldn’t change it for anything. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to do lots of personal training for private clients alongside my day job. For a few years during my 30’s, I moved to Asia and worked as the Fitness Manager and head personal trainer at one of Thailand’s leading gyms in Bangkok. Learn More

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